The Author's Shelf: Aimee Bender


  • A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

    By Ernest Hemingway

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781439182710
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: July 2010
    Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most enduring works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published. This edition also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son Jack, and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford. Illus., b&w photos. 256p.
  • Beloved

    By Toni Morrison

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400033416
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: 2004
    Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, Morrison's spellbinding novel transforms history into a story on a biblical scale as well as a lullaby. Sethe, the protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. There are too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things occurred. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Morrison is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The New York Times Book Review Fiction Survey finds Beloved 'the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.' 324p.
  • Big Machine

    By Victor Lavalle

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385527996
    • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
    • Published: 2009
    Ricky Rice is a middling hustler with a lingering junk habit, a bum knee, and a haunted mind. A survivor of a suicide cult, he scrapes by as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York, until one day a mysterious letter arrives, summoning him to enlist in a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had at some point in their wasted lives heard what may have been the voicwe of God. 366p.
  • Cloud Nine

    By Caryl Churchill

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781559360999
    • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
    • Published: December 1994
  • Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel

    By Lynda Barry

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684838465
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: October 2000
    Part 'Easy Rider' and part bipolar 'Wizard of Oz,' this novel - the life of a post-acid-dropping sixteen-year-old in 1971 - includes a one-way trip across America fueled by revenge and greed and a vivid cast of characters. The author has 'an ear for the casual cruelties of teenage conversation.' Illustrations by the author. 306p. Pap.
  • Endgame & Act Without Words I

    By Samuel Beckett

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802144393
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: June 2009
    ENDGAME, which Beckett originally wrote in French and later translated into English, is considered by many critics to be his greatest one-act play. A pinnacle of Beckettr's characteristic philosophiocal distillation, it presents an antagonistic scenario of the devastating and comic repetitiousness of life. 'Act Without Words I', first performed following the premiere of ENDGAME in French, speechlessly portrays the frustration of existence in a hostile environment, a superb mime for one player! 100p.
  • Gilead

    By Marilynne Robinson

    Our Price: $6.95 - $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312424404
    • Publisher: Picador / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: January 2006
    Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1956m towards the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son - an account of himself and his forebearers - on the subject of the tension between his father, an ardent pacifist, & his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the Union as a slave state. And, he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers & sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, a best friend's wayward son. 256p.
  • Going to Meet the Man

    By James Baldwin

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679761792
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: April 1995
    A collection of eight stories that explore, with devastating frankness, the roots of love, hate, and racial conflict. 256p. Pap.
  • Jesus' Son

    By Denis Johnson

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312428747
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: February 2009
    In his first collection of stories, Denis Johnson, whose most recent novel Tree of Smoke received the National Book Award for Fiction (2007), etches a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life into readers' minds. These eleven stories are peerless in power and immediacy. In their intensity of perception, their neon-cool evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close to our own, they offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of the great American loneliness and...hope. 133p. Kindle Price: $9.99
  • Kafka on the Shore

    By Haruki Murakami

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400079278
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: January 2012
    'Where does your responsibility begin here? Wiping away the nebula from your sight, you struggle to find where you really are. You're trying to find the direction of the flow, struggling to hold on to the axis of time. But you can't locate the borderline separating dream and reality. Or even the boundary between what's real and what's possible. All you're sure of is that you're in a delicate position. Delicate - and dangerous. You're pulled along, a part of it, unable to pin down the principles of prophecy, or of logic.' One of the world's great storytellers at the peak of his powers! 467p.
  • Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings

    By Jorge Luis Borges

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811216999
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: 2007
    This revised edition of the groundbreaking trans-genre work of the Argentinean writer includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as the original biographical & critical introduction (with a new Postscript) and a chronology of Borges' life. Building the bridge between modern and post-modernismin the realm of fiction, 'Labyrinths' has been insinuating itself into the structure, stance, and very breath of world literature for well over half a century. It's time to have your own copy, again, or for the very first time.
  • Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine

    By Stanley Crawford

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781564785121
    • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
    • Published: September 2008
    "Forty years ago I first linked up with Unguentine and we made love on twin-hulled catamarans, sails a-billow, bless the seas . . ."So begins the courtship of a certain Unguentine to the woman we know only as “Mrs. Unguentine,” the chronicler of their sad, fantastical tale. For forty years, they sail the seas together, alone on a giant land-covered barge of their own devising. They tend their gardens, raise a child, invent an artificial forest-- all the while steering clear of civilization.Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine is a masterpiece of modern domestic life, a comic novel of closeness and difficulty, miscommunication and stubborn resolve. Rarely has a book so perfectly registered the secret solitude of marriage, how shared loneliness can result in a powerful bond."Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine is a captivating short work almost beyond description." -Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New Yorker"No one captures the mind of a control freak like Stanley Crawford." -Ed Park, The Village Voice"I'll tell you a book I want to teach. by Stanley Crawford. It's out of print. How can a book like that be out of print? If I wrote that book and it went out of print, I just don't know what I would do. I'd have to call the police, I think." -Deb Olin Unferth
  • My Happy Life

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781933368764
    • Publisher: Soft Skull Press
    • Published: April 2007
    At the opening of My Happy Life, the unnamed narrator has been abandoned in a locked room of a deserted mental hospital. She hasn't seen the nice man who brings her food in days; so she's eaten the soap, the toothpaste, and even tried to eat the plaster on her walls ? a dietary adventure that ended none too well. This woman's story, covering decades and spanning continents, is tragic, yet she is curiously at peace, even happy. Despite a lifetime of neglect, physical abuse, and loss, she's incapable of perceiving slight or injury. She has infinite faith in the goodwill of others, loves even her enemies, and finds grace and communion in places most people wouldn't dare to brave. Lauded by both critics and readers, My Happy Life consistently surprises and excites with its original vision of a unique woman whose rich interior life protects her from the horrors of external reality.
  • Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

    By Flannery O'Connor

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374508043
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: January 1969
    At her death in 1964 Flannery O'Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her lifetime. The book opens with 'The King of the Birds,' her famous account of raising peacocks at her home in Milledgeville, Georgia. There are three essays on regional writing, including 'The Fiction Writer and His Country' and 'Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction'; two on teaching literature, including 'Total Effect and the Eighth Grade'; and four on the writer and religion, including 'The Catholic Novel in the Protestant South.' Essays such as 'The Nature and Aim of Fiction' and 'Writing Short Stories' are pure gems. In all cases, these pieces are characterized by the boldness and simplicity of O'Connor's style, a fine-tuned wit, understated perspicacity, and profound the art and act of writing. Appendix, Notes. 237p.
  • Nine Stories

    By J.D. Salinger

    Our Price: $7.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316769501
    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: May 1991
    Contents include: A Perfect Day for Bananafish; Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut; Just Before the War with the Eskimos; The Laughing Man; Down at the Dinghy; For Esme - with Love and Squalor; Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes; De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period; Teddy. This collection was originally published in 1953. Notorious for his extreme privacy, Salinger's fiction still enthralls and reverberates. This edition is so portable, you can carry it with you wherever you go! 198p.